Tackling sport-related concussion: effectiveness of lowering the maximum legal height of the tackle in amateur male rugby – a cross-sectional analytical study.

Tonder, R. van, Starling, L., Surmon, S., Viviers, P., Kraak, W., Boer, P.-H., Jordaan, E., Hendricks, S., Stokes, K. A., Derman, W. & Brown, J. C. Inj. Prev. 29, 56–61 (2023). Objective: Rugby union (‘rugby’) is popular globally, with most of its participants being amateur. Concern regarding sport-related concussion (SRC) sustained during rugby is increasing. SRC occurs most frequently in …

Are return-to-play times longer in lower-limb muscle injuries involving the intramuscular tendon? A systematic review

Beattie, C. E., Barnett, R. J., Williams, J., Sim, J. & Pullinger, S. A. J. Sci. Med. Sport 26, 599–609 (2023). Objectives: To determine the influence of severity and direction (craniocaudal length vs cross-sectional area) of intramuscular tendon tears in the lower limb on return-to-play times, compared to muscle injuries without intramuscular tendon involvement. Design: Systematic review with meta-analysis. Methods: …

Chronic changes in muscle architecture and aponeurosis structure following calf muscle strain injuries

B. Nielsen L, B. Svensson R, U. Fredskild N, et al. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2023;33:2585-2597 Background Muscle strain injuries in the human calf muscles are frequent sports injuries with high recurrence. Potential structural and functional changes in the medial head of the musculus gastrocnemius (GM) and the associated aponeurosis are not well documented. Purpose To test whether a …

Sports-related factors predicting maintained participation and dropout in organized sports in emerging adulthood: A four-year follow-up study

Rinta‐Antila, K., Koski, P., Aira, T., Heinonen, O. J., Korpelainen, R., Parkkari, J., Savonen, K., Toivo, K., Uusitalo, A., Valtonen, M., Vasankari, T., Villberg, J. J. & Kokko, S. Scand. J. Med. Sci. Sports (2023).  This study explored sports-related factors predicting organized sports participation in emerging adulthood. In the Finnish Health Promoting Sports Club (FHPSC) study, 354 sports club participants …

Efficacy of topical versus oral analgesic medication compared to a placebo in injured athletes: A systematic review with meta-analysis

Nudo, S., Jimenez‐Garcia, J. A. & Dover, G. Scand. J. Med. Sci. Sports 33, 1884–1900 (2023). Athletes are injured frequently and often take analgesic medication. Moreover, athletes commonly use non-prescription topical and oral medications with little guidance. Despite wide use, relatively few studies exist on the efficacy of pain medication in injured athletes compared to a placebo. Objective To determine …

Self-reported walking pace: A simple screening tool with lowest risk of all-cause mortality in those that ‘walk the talk’

Rowlands, A. V. et al. J. Sports Sci. 41, 333–341 (2023). To determine whether the association between self-reported walking pace and all-cause mortality (ACM) persists across categories of accelerometer-assessed physical activity status. Data from 93,709 UK Biobank participants were included. Physical activity was assessed using wrist-worn accelerometers for 7-days. Participants accumulating <150 min/week moderate-to-vigorous- activity were classed as “inactive”, ≥150 …

Can we evidence-base injury prevention and management in women’s football? A scoping review, Research in Sports Medicine

K Okholm Kryger, A Wang, R Mehta, Fm Impellizzeri, A Massey, M Harrison, R Glendinning & A McCall (2023) This review aimed, as part of a larger FIFA project aiming to steer women’s football research, to scope literature on any level of competitive football for women, to understand the current quantity of research on women’s football injuries. The study reviewed …

Do physical tests have a prognostic value in chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy?

C.F.L. Mulder, A.C. van der Vlist, M. van Middelkoop, et al., Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (in press) Objectives: To determine whether baseline physical tests have a prognostic value on patient-reported outcomes in Achilles tendinopathy. Design: Prospective cohort study, secondary analysis of data from a randomized trial. Methods: Patients with chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy performed a progressive calf …